Victim of hit-and-run to rely on ventilator to breathe

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Doctors say the victim of a hit-and-run that was caught on videotape and viewed by a national audience will never breathe again without a respirator.

Angel Arce Torres, who is at Hartford Hospital, also will never return home, a family member said.

Torres was paralyzed from the neck down in the May 30 incident. He was struck by one of two cars that crossed the center line into the opposite lane.

Angel Arce, the son of 78-year-old Torres, said his father’s lung collapsed and he developed pneumonia.

Hartford officials say they received four cell phone calls within a minute of the incident. But Police Chief Daryl Roberts initially said Torres was ignored by passing motorists and pedestrians and said the city had lost its moral compass.